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Metal: A Treasure Hunt is a contemporary fiction novel written byA 5-star review from Reader's Favorite: Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Reader's Favorite
Metal: A Treasure Hunt is a contemporary fiction novel written by Java Davis. The underlying story, however, has historical roots that date back to the 1700s. Shaker Falls Park was located on land that had been in dispute since colonial times, and the land figured in the struggle between the French and English, who both courted Native American tribes in their attempt to control the area. For homesteaders, living off their land was strictly a necessity as monetary systems had not yet been regularized, and banks were not even in existence. Anyone who possessed coins, including the trappers, farmers, soldiers and Indians, risked robbers and governmental authorities seizing that wealth, and so many hid their wealth in caves, or buried it underground. During and after the Depression, people who were terrified by the failures of the banks followed suit, storing their money away in the walls of their houses or burying it in their backyards. These places, rather than the often imagined beaches where a walk along the shore could net a seeker golden jewelry, are where seekers of treasure can actually find stashed loot. Metal is the story of one such cache found at Shaker Falls Park by the new owner of a 40-acre tract, purchased after the park fell victim to a cost-cutting scheme and was parceled off to developers and park employees.
Java Davis’s historical fiction novel, Metal: A Treasure Hunt, blends history with the contemporary tale of a Park Ranger’s family. Randy Green had a marvelous job as a Park Ranger at Shaker Falls, which included a large and luxurious residence located on a hill in the park. His decision to invite his step-father to accept the plot the Parks Dept offered him made sense for the two men, who had become friends as well as relatives. The author’s contemporary story works quite well with the historical basis she sets forth. And as one of the many would-be fortune hunters who has spent some time researching metal detectors, I found this novel to be a literal treasure trove of good ideas and practical advice on whether and how to embark on my own hunts for buried loot. Davis’s story is enjoyable, well-researched and fast-paced. Her characters are engaging, and their lives are plausible and authentic. Metal: A Treasure Hunt is recommended....more
The book started out with a great premise that was handled well. Once the romance befuddlement kicked in, the book evaporated into a gelatinous, hot mThe book started out with a great premise that was handled well. Once the romance befuddlement kicked in, the book evaporated into a gelatinous, hot mess. ...more
Put simply, Passing Strangers is the story of five people, three adults and two children, who take a train vacation through the south. Section One ofPut simply, Passing Strangers is the story of five people, three adults and two children, who take a train vacation through the south. Section One of three sections is the story of Andie, the missing member of a large family, who ran from her family's television popularity to hide from the limelight. She was successfully hidden when she got the news that her mother was dying from cancer. Suddenly, the world she left behind was no longer statically frozen -- they still existed. The sand shifted under her feet and she had no idea what to do. At that moment, her boss arranged for her to take a train vacation through the south.
Section Two is the story of how Matt became widowed while his two children were still very young. What could a workaholic lawyer do to get his life back in order? Easy. Ship the kids to grandma's house by taking them on a train ride vacation through the south.
Section Three is Janette's story. She lives with her husband and daughter, but life with her daughter, who becomes violent on a whim, has become intolerable. Without thinking, Janette packs a bag and runs to the train station, buying a ticket for a train ride vacation through the south.
These people all meet by chance on the train. Over the next two weeks, they all learn to love and support each other, while, individually, they make life-changing decisions.
What I enjoyed most about this book is that these people didn't necessarily make the obvious choices. I would have made very different choices, and so it was interesting to see all these characters have points of view that are different from mine. This is also a "kind" story, where no one is mean, and everyone is trying to be the best they can be. If you have room for a very nice book, I recommend this one....more
To massacre Dickens, it was the best of books, it was the worst of books, averaging out to 3 stars. I enjoyed the story very much, and Mr. Sizemore isTo massacre Dickens, it was the best of books, it was the worst of books, averaging out to 3 stars. I enjoyed the story very much, and Mr. Sizemore is an entertaining writer. I didn't enjoy lengthy explanations of inside jokes, and then reading the inside joke stories twice over, once from Sizemore, and once from a bystander at the time. Story-wise, my heart bled for a guy trying to launch a new publication, working his keyster off, and eventually settling on an on-line-only magazine.
Starting up and launching a new magazine is nigh unto impossible, what with finding seed money; finding talent; managing printing, distribution, sales, and, hopefully, profits; and hoping you can excite people with your ideas, editing skill, and vision for the future. Like many who jump into this shark pond, Mr. Sizemore had vague ideas but no experience. With hard work, blind luck, a supportive wife, and the good fortune of great and talented friends, Apex is a success story....more
This book is one in a Western series about Jason Peares. Jason, also known as Jay, is an extremely likeable character. He is a mixed race wrangler andThis book is one in a Western series about Jason Peares. Jason, also known as Jay, is an extremely likeable character. He is a mixed race wrangler and gunslinger who, by circumstances beyond his control, has had to carve out a life for himself without family or friends. He is smart and savvy at reading people quickly, but doesn't make rash decisions, trusting his gut as well as his brain. He's fast on the draw and also has some rudimentary martial arts skills.
In this story, there is a mean-spirited wealthy man trying to buy out all the local farms, even though they don't want to sell. Pritchett pulls out all the stops and hires all sorts of unsavory characters to beat the farmers into submission and get them to sell, leave, or die. Jay finds himself in the center of the firestorm.
This book is well-written, although it dragged a little toward the middle. Thankfully, I stuck with it because it picked up again and carried through to the end. I like Poston's version of the old west, where there are people of all colors living with no racial prejudice -- a west I'm happy to believe in.
This smart and talented hero is also a thoughtful man who believes in survival by goodness, not by evil. This is a good series for any fan of Westerns.
Colors of Wine Country is for very young children to help them learn colors. The idea is that on the right-hand page, the page is a solid color with tColors of Wine Country is for very young children to help them learn colors. The idea is that on the right-hand page, the page is a solid color with the name of that color in the center. On the left is an illustration of that color as it is found in the Napa Valley, e.g., “brown” is illustrated with Maggie and Maddy playing hide and seek behind brown wine barrels. I absolutely loved this book, without hesitation. I was charmed by the concepts that complement each color. The book is so short that anything more I might say would make the review longer than the book, but I highly recommend it....more
Adventures in Napa Valley is for slightly older children. This oversized book describes a day of adventure for older sister Maggie and younger sisterAdventures in Napa Valley is for slightly older children. This oversized book describes a day of adventure for older sister Maggie and younger sister Maddy. Together, they spend the day exploring the region by hot air balloon, bicycle built for two, double kayak, train, and limousine. The Napa community was involved, allowing real stores and tourist attractions to be included in the girls’ day of adventure. Maggie and Maddy made Napa Valley look like great fun!...more
Book Review: Traveling the Two-Lane, Marilyn Berman
it took me a long time to read this book because it was so rich, I often couldn’t absorb more thanBook Review: Traveling the Two-Lane, Marilyn Berman
it took me a long time to read this book because it was so rich, I often couldn’t absorb more than one or two chapters, or even one page, at a time.
In her 60s, tightly wound, and a life-long closeted lesbian, the author decided to break free of her own shackles and go on an extended road trip. She bought a van, had it retrofitted for the road, and charted a strict itinerary, heading for Alaska. To her credit, Dr. Berman decided it was about the journey rather than the destination. It was about seeing sites, experiencing new things, meeting new people, and reconnecting with old friends. She drove in a somewhat haphazard manner around the United States and Canada for eighteen months, giving the reader insightful descriptions of her travels and what she took with her when she moved on.
Counterbalancing this exceptional travel writing is the author’s remembrances of painful or embarrassing moments in her past that still plagued her. I was rooting for her to feel better about herself, and by the end of the book, I felt that she had reached this. This book is not just a fascinating, wonderful, travel read, it’s also a keeper, because I’m betting that I will want to read it again sometime.
I am grateful to an agent of the author who offered me the opportunity to review this book.
My problem with this book is that it is a work of fiction, but people believe it to be true. In particular, Brown uses examples of letters of the alphMy problem with this book is that it is a work of fiction, but people believe it to be true. In particular, Brown uses examples of letters of the alphabet corresponding to letters of the Hebrew aleph bet, but in reality, there are not the correlations suggested in the book. I find that people really think they've discovered a hidden truth by reading this book, and so maybe, I should say that the author did TOO GOOD of a job writing a novel....more